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National Park Service Manages To Regain Ionic Yosemite Names Like ‘Curry Village’ & ‘Ahwahnee Hotel’ — Albeit For $3.8 Million!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the ‘LA Times’ story.


This is GREAT News.

Shame that it cost the National Park Service $3.84 Million. They are short of funds.

This should never have been allowed to happen in the first place.

I wrote about this, in reference to beloved ‘Curry Village‘, after my last visit in 2016.

Good News. The Park Service owns the names now.


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It all had to do with who owned these iconic names like ‘Curry Village’. The National Park Service had not made an effort, in the past, to make sure that they owned them. That was the problem.

The prior Concession Holder to the Park held the rights to the name and only now parted with them after a total payoff coming to $12 million.

But, the National Park Service will, in essence, own the names going forward. That is GREAT news.

But, this issue is happening or going to happen in other Parks too. Concession Holders ‘trademarking’ iconic park names. The Park Service has to stop this.


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A Miraculous, Ultra High-Tech Cure For Some Types Of Blindness — You HAVE To Read.

by Anura Guruge


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This, quite literally, is mind-blowing. This is modern high-tech and medicine taken to unimaginable levels. Actually creating the images in the brain. If this was NOT mid-July you would think it was an April Fool’s prank. Please read … and be amazed. 


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Bachmann’s EM-1 2-8-8-4 With ALL The Bells-&-Whistles For N-Scale.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. You could find this on Bachmann’s Facebook page. I got it via e-mail.


This is quite the engine, at 2-8-8-4, it is even bigger than my beloved ‘Big Boy‘. Plus, now with all of the modern electronics it quite literally comes with all the bells (6 variants) and whistles (16). It will cost $500, but most enthusiasts would deem that a fair price. Will I be getting one. Highly doubt it. I do not have the layout or the right equipment to activate all the bells and whistles. I don’t even use my ‘Big Boy’ — though I just gave it a quick spin when I took this picture. I just wanted to share this new engine with YOU. Enjoy.

Big Boy 2-8-8-2 Anura Guruge N scale

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‘The Barnstormers’ At The ‘Castle In The Clouds’, July 10, 2019 — Left You Wanting More, Much More.

by Anura Guruge


It was OUTSTANDING.

Left one wanting MORE … MORE … MORE.


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This was the first time the ‘Castle in the Clouds‘ had done this event, i.e., having the ‘Barnstormers‘ (from Tamworth, NH) perform, and with their customary Midas touch they hit a rich vein of pay dirt. It was OUTSTANDING. The best $10 I have spent in years. Wow. Loved it as did everyone else that was there — and it was a full house.

Very well organized and that the upstairs room in the imposing Carriage House is air-conditioned and that there were adult beverages for sale was a bonus.

Yes, it was advertised that it would be ‘about an hour’. It lasted 44-minutes from the time the cast arrived in the room till they took their final bow. The timestamps on my pictures tell the stories. That was our only disappointment. It should have been longer. Even a full hour would have been too short. 90-minutes would have been close to perfect — and they could have definitely charged us more. Well worth it.

Great cast. Enormously talented. Very personable. Bravo.

THANK YOU ‘Castle in the Clouds‘. Another wonderful event.


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Concord Market Days 2019 — Friday, June 21.

by Anura Guruge


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Check this post from yesterday.



For the last few years we have made a point of not missing Concord’s vibrant ‘Market Days‘. So, 2019, was not going to be an exception. We had to be in Concord anyway (for I to pick-up some new gas permeable contact lenses) and we knew beforehand that the weather (unlike the previous day) was going to be amenable. And that was indeed the case.

We got there around 2:40pm. Parking was NOT an issue. We were able to park, at a meter, on South Main street just yards from the start of the blocked off section. That was good. There was no rain. Some dark clouds on and off. But, also some sun.

Met some great artists. That is always the bonus.

Everybody is so friendly and after the soaking they had on Thursday happy that the rain had been replaced by crowds. I hope they all did well. Not sure why we need 5 or 6 separate large tents all selling the same ‘South American’ artifacts. None of them are local. We did buy some stuff from one of them and I had a brief chat with the proprietor. He is from New York and drove up for this. He claims he also does Sandwich Fair. Not sure that they are all related but to I it would make sense just to have two tents. But, c’est la vie.

If you can please do try to make it.

Concord is vibrant. They really make an effort. Thank you.


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‘Atoll’ Hats Are As Impressive As Their Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards (iSUP).

by Anura Guruge


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Wow, these Atoll hats are IMPRESSIVE! I kid you not. As good as their 11′ iSUP that I am getting very fond of.

Those who know me will attest that I typically shy away from apparel — T-shirts, hats, sweats — that endorse a company, product or service. It has to be very special to I before I will endorse anything by wearing ‘branded’ apparel.

It is going to be different with Atoll. I am going to be wearing these hats regularly over the Summer. Wait and see. I will post pictures as proof. Smile.

Definitely recommend Atoll — the board and the hats.


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The Garmin SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) APP — The Data You Get.

by Anura Guruge


Garmin MARQ Expedition SUP APP Anura Guruge

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This was the very first time I have used the Garmin SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) APP.

I am pretty impressed and pleased with the data it provides. Basically, it emulates what you get with the RUN, WALK or HIKE APPs.

Do not get hung up on my actual data. I am 65-years old, recovering from major knee surgery and just got back into SUP after a 3-year hiatus. Plus, I was never a strong or great paddler. I just do it for the fun. We live close to a lake and we have beach rights. So, I try to get out on the water.

I am using an Atoll 11′ stand up paddle board (iSUP). I have only had it since Saturday. This was my 3rd ride with that board. I have and use a Garmin MARQ Expedition.


MARQ Expedition

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